Heritage Evening: Reading by Shabana Azmi and Flamenco by Rasa-Duende

The Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, turned into an enchanted space on the second evening of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. The Heritage Evenings are a new festival initiative this year, and aim to restore and recreate the value of culture and architecture of Rajasthan. With the Palace so colourfully lit, the spectators took flight into fantasy… Read more »

Music at Clarks Amer: The King & the Corpse, Alim Qaimov Ensemble, Rajasthani Musicians

Maier The first night of the 2015 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Music Stage featured a diverse range of acts that that enthralled a delighted audience at Clarks Amer. First up was an eclectic retelling of the classic Hindu tale of Vikram and Betal, which saw performance storyteller TUUP captivate the audience with his energy, joie de vivre, and dazzling stage presence…. Read more »

Is There An Indian Way Of Thinking? John Elliot, Geetanjali Shree, Pavan Verma, And Ashok Vajpeyi

The session aimed to analyse what exactly was the Indian way in of thinking and creating in the realms of fiction, poetry, music, arts and lifestyle. Ashok Vajpeyi kicked off the session with the statement ‘hota hai’ (‘stuff happens’), the quintessential Indian way of approaching life, according to him. The panel quickly arrived at a consensus… Read more »

What Makes The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival So Special?`

Over the seven years, I have worked as Blog Editor for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, I have often wondered what is the magical element that makes this festival not only commercially successful, but also so influential as a cultural catalyst, and so loved by people the world over. I believe that JLF is one of a kind… Read more »

Clarks Amer Music Stage: Kawa Brass Band And The Kutle Khan Project

It was a big fat gypsy concert on the first night of the Clarks Amer music venue of the 2014 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, which featured two titans of Rajasthani rhythms: the toe-tapping tunes of the Kawa Brass Band, followed by the Kutle Khan Project, the circus-like showmen who rolled out everything from acrobatics and dance to flaming swords and dazzling… Read more »

Citizen Elites: Dominance Of The Privileged

This session, the first in the Democracy Dialogues series at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2014, discussed what drives the democratic aspirations of a nation as large and diverse as India, and what role could the elites play in this process. The term citizen elites, was unpacked by Mukulika Banerjee as a reference to a category of people who are ready to… Read more »